"I think it's a disgrace," says David Braun, whose child attends Inglewood Elementary School in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania.
Some parents at Inglewood Elementary School in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania are sounding off...the day after a letter came home to parents, with the subject of no Halloween parade or celebrations.
The letter was signed by the school's principal, Orlando Taylor, and reads "the school district's policy directs North Penn Schools to 'not' sponsor or support the celebration of Halloween parades, Halloween parties, or dressing in Halloween costumes".
"I can't even explain...let schools be schools," Braun says.
The letter references district regulation and a Supreme Court ruling and reads, "some holidays...considered by many to be secular (ex. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day) are viewed by others as having religious overtones", but while it's not specified in the letter, a district spokeperson says that refers to classroom instruction, not parties which she says can be held, but will no longer be district-wide.
"What's left up to principal is parties -- classroom parties -- not district...and while some parents and children are upset at the changes, the sentiment is not unanimous..some in fact were pleased," says Christine Liberaski, North Penn School District's community engagement manager.
"we kept our kids home...not how we celebrated," says parent Cleris Christian.
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